Retailers Tighten Gun Sale Policies

Retailers Tighten Gun Sale Policies

Walmart's announcement builds on a growing trend of retailers self imposing gun control. The CEO is the son of the company's founder and has held the CEO position for 34 years.

The Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, bought a gun at Dick's, but the company said it wasn't the AR-15-style rifle used in the school shooting.

Dick's stated that it does "support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize the vast majority of gun owners in the country are responsible, law-abiding citizens".

Dick's Sporting Goods stopped selling assault-style weapons at its stores following the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012.

A few months later, in the summer of 2013, Dick's opened the first of its line of specialty Field and Stream stores, geared toward hunting and fishing.

Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) is raising the age restriction on firearm sales to 21.

No longer sell high-capacity magazines.

"Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories", the statement reads.

Media attention created the perception that this is a monumental move, when the reality of the company's impact is debatable, at best.

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The news follows major sports retailer Dick's Sporting Goods banning the sale of "assault-style rifles" and also raising the minimum purchase age to 21 years old this week following the deadly Parkland shooting.

Walmart said it will be "removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including non-lethal airsoft guns and toys".

"We did everything by the book, we did everything that the law required, and still he was able to buy a gun", Stack said. "It's not that big, and the boycott of being on the wrong side is much more significant than the boycott of promoting this", Sonnenfeld said.

Bass Pro Shops, which owns Cabela's sporting goods stores, also didn't respond to a request for comment.

The Florida massacre sparked a wave of youth-led protests and U.S. officials are considering whether to pass stricter gun control measures.

US President Donald Trump says he has told NRA officials that "it's time" to strengthen US gun laws while also suggesting arming teachers to stop school shootings. "We have to help solve the problem that's in front of us".

Stack said he and his company expected there would be mixed response - including fallout - to its new policy. "Gun violence is an epidemic that's taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America - our kids".

The NRA has opposed increasing the minimum age for gun purchases, and some Republican lawmakers have also opposed the idea.

Arthur Milonas, who was loading his auto after shopping at the store, said the he supported "better background checks" and was for "sellers to be more careful", but did not support a ban.

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